Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

8 Days Starting in Tallinn and ending in Vilnius

Visiting:

Tallinn

,

Lahemaa National Park

,

Cēsis Municipality

,

Ķemeri

,

Vilnius

,

Sigulda

,

Klaipeda

,

Riga

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Easy

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

ELL

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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Tour Overview

This walking trip visits the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Discover their cultural heritage and explore their national parks. Walk along the Curonian Spit, search for ruins of medieval fortresses hidden in forests and walk across bogs. Capital Cities - Guided tours of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius 'Old Towns' on foot Curonian Spit National Park - Walk the spectacular vast sand dunes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site Bog Walking - Wear specialist bog shoes and learn about the unique ecosystem

Highlights

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    Capital Cities - Guided tours of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius 'Old Towns' on foot

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    Curonian Spit National Park - Walk the spectacular vast sand dunes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site

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    Bog Walking - Wear specialist bog shoes and learn about the unique ecosystem

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip in Tallinn

Location:

  Tallinn


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Arrive in Tallinn, Estonian capital city. Situated on the coast, in the Gulf of Finland off the Baltic Sea, Tallinn is also a major port. Its 'Old Town' is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city was a European Capital of Culture in 2011.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Tallinn at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Tallinn Airport (TLL) which is around 20 minutes' drive from the hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

The city is easy to explore on foot, if your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to discover the medieval architecture strolling through the cobbled streets to the busy town square which is dominated by the 14th century Gothic Town Hall.

icon Day 2: Lahemaa National Park, look for beavers and learn to bog walk

Location:

  Lahemaa National Park


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we take a brief walking tour of Tallinn's 'Old Town', the colourful houses of the crooked streets reflect the German, Scandinavian and Russian periods of Tallinn's history. We'll walk through the quarter where merchants once traded and take in the historical and architectural highlights.

We travel east to Estonia's largest and oldest national park, Lahemaa National Park. As well as its rich nature the park also celebrates Estonia's cultural heritage, encompassing ancient fishing villages and 17th and 18th century manor houses. Today we walk the 'Beaver Trail', discovering the diversity of the plant and animal life of the park and looking for beaver dams and dens along the Altja River Valley. If we are lucky we will see also see the beavers themselves amongst the trees or in the water. This walk ends in the 400 year-old fishing village of Altja. Later, after an optional lunch, we learn to bog walk in special bog shoes. Traditionally used by local villagers, these specially adapted clip on 'shoes' allow us to hike through this fascinating ecosystem. We stay overnight in the national park in a beautiful converted distillery set within landscaped gardens.

Today's four kilometre walk along the Beaver Trail is expected to take around two hours, gently undulating and forested. The afternoon six kilometre bog walk is expected to take around three hours.

icon Day 3: Travel to the medieval town of Cesis, walk to Guaja River

Location:

  Cēsis Municipality


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we cross the border into Latvia, and drive to Cesis in Gauja National Park (approx. 3.5 hours). This is Latvia's biggest park and is known as 'Latvian Switzerland' due to its rolling landscapes. The park includes the valleys of the Gauja River and its tributaries, and also over 500 historical features including hill forts, stone castles, churches, watermills and windmills. Cesis itself is a medieval town, over 800 years old, and its 13th century castle was the main stronghold of the Livonian knights who ruled most of Latvia and Estonia during medieval times. In the afternoon we make a walk in the park along a forested nature trail to Gauja River and Gauja Rocks, a famous local site.

Today's five kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours. The terrain is slightly hilly and forested.

icon Day 4: Walk in Gauja National Park, discover forts and castles

Location:

  Cēsis Municipality


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we drive to Sigulda to walk a nature trail through the forests and river valleys of Gauja National Park. Walking past the ruins of Livonian medieval fortresses and a neo-gothic castle, the walk ends at the 13th century Turaida Castle. As part of the route we take a cable car and enjoy views down over the forest. In the afternoon we drive to Riga, the Latvian capital, where we have a short orientation tour of the city. Lying at the mouth of the Daugava River on the Gulf of Riga, Riga 'Old Town' is also a UNESCO Heritage Site, particularly noted for its Art Nouveau and 19th century wooden architecture. We will take in the Freedom Monument, Gunpowder Tower, Saint Jacob's Church and the city's cathedral.

Today's eight kilometre walk is expected to take around three-and-a-half hours. The terrain is undulating and forested.

icon Day 5: Explore the wetlands of Kemeri National Park

Location:

  Ķemeri


Accommodation:

  Hotel


We drive west to Kemeri National Park, founded in 1977 to preserve the local wetlands, coastal lakes and dunes. Here we walk on a raised boardwalk above the wetlands discovering the distinctive mosses, bog pine trees, and small pools and lakes. We then return to the seaside and spa resort of Jurmala for an optional lunch. Jurmala is known for its curative mineral waters and therapeutic mud, and its interesting multi-style architecture. After lunch we continue south and cross the border into Lithuania. We continue southwest to Klaipeda (approximately six hours) and take a ferry to Nida on the Curonian Spit, our base for the next two nights.

Today's four kilometre walk is expected to take around one-and-a-half hours.The terrain is flat - a raised boardwalk over wetlands.

icon Day 6: Walk through the dunes and pine forests of Curonian Spit

Location:

  Ķemeri


Accommodation:

  Hotel


The Curonian Spit National Park is a 98 km long sand dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Chains of sand dunes up to 60m high, breaking waves, pine forests and old Curonian houses make up this UNESCO Heritage Site. Today we walk through the different landscapes of the spit: coastal, pine forests and sand dunes in and around Nida.

Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take around three-and-a-half hours.. The terrain is mainly flat and sandy, some areas are forested.

icon Day 7: Walk around Lake Galve and Trakai Castle; travel to Vilnius

Location:

  Vilnius


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we make a long journey (approximately six hours) southeast to Trakai the formal capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Located on a peninsula in Lake Galve, Trakai is now famous for its 15th century castle which sits outside the town on a small island. We take a scenic walk around the town and lake, and visit the castle. We then make the short journey to Vilnius, and take an oreientation tour of the city. The 'Old Town' of Vilnius is also a UNESCO Heritage Site, we'll visit the ancient university founded by the Jesuits - a centre of the Counter Reformation and a source of Lithuanian culture. We'll also see the cathedral and Church of the Dawn. In the newer part of Vilnius lies the main shopping street with the opera house, parliament building and a number of cafes.

Today's four kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours. The terrain is flat and forested in some areas.

icon Day 8: Trip ends in Vilnius

Location:

  Vilnius


The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Vilnius.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Vilnius at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Vilnius International Airport (VNO) which is around 20 minutes' drive from the hotel.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 7

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    Accommodation

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Country Entry Visas

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

Yes

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

What is the maximum group size?

16

Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

Yes

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Transfers are included on the first and the last day of the trip

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    7 nights comfortable hotel

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Easy

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trasnfers are included on the first and the last day of the trip

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

    I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

Our guide made this trip for us, always making sure we were happy and helping us to talk to the locals and maximise the use of any spare time.

Our guide made this trip for us, always making sure we were happy and helping us to talk to the locals and maximise the use of any spare time.


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Samantha

10-Jan-2019

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

I really likeding to the canteens that Egle found to eat at while travelling. The food was really what locals would eat. It was cheap, tasty and she told us ....more

I really likeding to the canteens that Egle found to eat at while travelling.

The food was really what locals would eat.

It was cheap, tasty and she told us what her favourite were.

She was brilliant! less....


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Lynne

10-Jan-2018

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

It was an extremely enjoyable holiday, informative, fascinating scenery andod local food - exceeded expectations. Thank you Explore.

It was an extremely enjoyable holiday, informative, fascinating scenery andod local food - exceeded expectations.

Thank you Explore.


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Janet

09-Oct-2019

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

Great trip and excellent introduction to the Baltic states

Great trip and excellent introduction to the Baltic states


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Trevor

25-Aug-2019

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

Great trip thanks . Ona could not be faulted I would not want to do another trip with the driver And fellow travellers were excellent company .

Great trip thanks .

Ona could not be faulted I would not want to do another trip with the driver And fellow travellers were excellent company .


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Ruth

09-Oct-2019

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

I thought the trip was veryod value for money

I thought the trip was veryod value for money


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Et

09-Sep-2019

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

8 Days Starting in Tallinn and ending in Vilnius

Visiting:

Tallinn

,

Lahemaa National Park

,

Cēsis Municipality

,

Ķemeri

,

Vilnius

,

Sigulda

,

Klaipeda

,

Riga

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Easy

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

ELL

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1590

$1518 (USD)

tourhub discount: $72


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"Rent a car! Getting around by public transport is tricky and some of the best hikes are a little far apart. "

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    Italy

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    Japan

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  • Professional Avoider Of The Real World 🌍Adventure traveller ⏰ Helping you travel around your 9 to 5! Favourite destinations include Mexico, Vietnam, Utah, Laos and Italy!

Cuba

What do you love most about Cuba?

"Cuba has an undefinable magic to it. It dances to its own beat. A constant juxtaposition -dilapidated but dignified, timeworn but elegant. A wonderful fusion of Caribbean and Latin cultures."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Visit Habana Vieja •Take trip out west to Valle de Viñales •Experience Trinidad •Visit a live cabaret show •Tour Habana Vieja in a classic car •Enjoy a slice of paradise at Playa Las Tumbas"

Must pack items for Cuba

"•Do bring cash - USD or Euro, not credit cards •Do pack a few portable charges - power goes out periodically. •Rain coat/umbrella for any season. •Pack “your spontaneity” and go with the flow… "

Favourite time of year to visit Cuba

"Any time between October - April is a great time to visit. The island has a beautiful Caribbean climate where the days are warm and sunny with very little rain, particularly in Havana or on the coast."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Treat yourself and chat with a stranger or two! Cuba is one of the world’s safest countries to visit. It’s a wonderful and enriching way to get a real Cuban perspective and make new friends too. "

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    India

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    Mauritania

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  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.